The governor has gotten God's divine approval to seek reelection.
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the governor announced his intention to seek reelection after praying to God and getting his divine approval.
He made the declaration after he was endorsed by thousands of his supporters from constituencies like Guma, Makurdi, Gwer West, Gwer East and the nine local government areas of Benue South district.
He said, "Earlier when I was being pressured by so many groups to run again, I told the people that I can only declare to run after I had prayed and heard from God and if He gave me the nod to contest I would tell the people.
"I want to tell Benue people today that I have prayed and God has answered and directed that I should go and run again. So I am happy to inform the people of our state that we are moving ahead to 2019 and we will succeed.
"Earlier today my immediate constituency came here to endorse and compel me to run again and I told them about the directive I received from God. And since it is said that the voice of the people is the voice of God, I will therefore also not shun the call of the people asking to run again.
"I have taken the challenge, bearing in mind that while I was praying God said he is the beginning and the end and by His grace we will make it in 2019.
"I vividly recall that my emergence as Governor of Benue State today was divine because it was beyond human imagination. So if the one who did it that time has asked that I should continue, all I need to do is to follow.
"I urged my supporters to be law abiding, don't kill anyone for my sake because my coming in 2015 was the making of God. It is He alone that brought me here, he has spoken again and I have heard Him."
The governor promised the residents of the state to do his best to reduce Benue's wage bill and pay workers' salaries at the appropriate time.